Donald C. Dowling, Jr.

Donald C. Dowling, Jr.

White & Case LLP

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Global HR Hot Topic—September 2014: Global Codes of Conduct

Most major multinationals—particularly those based in the United States—have issued global codes of conduct spelling out baseline rules that apply across their worldwide operations. But these conduct codes vary substantially...more

9/4/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Code of Conduct Compliance Multinationals

Global HR Hot Topic—August 2014: How to Launch an International HR Policy, Code of Conduct or Benefits Plan

In this era of internationally aligned business operations, multinationals roll out cross-border human resources policies, global codes of conduct and international benefits offerings. But launching these cross-border...more

8/29/2014 - Code of Conduct Cross-Border Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Human Resources Professionals International Harmonization Training

Global HR Hot Topic: Globally Auditing Human Resources Compliance - May 2014

Globalization pushes multinationals to align more and more aspects of human resources across borders. Multinationals now routinely globalize many of their HR programs, policies, benefits and other "offerings" that, back in...more

5/2/2014 - Audits Compliance Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Global Economy Multinationals

Global HR Hot Topic—March 2014: Global Compensation, Bonus and Benefits Plan Checklist

Business imperatives push multinationals to expand at least some of their pay, bonus and benefits offerings internationally. This is why in recent years we have seen multinationals globalize many compensation and benefits...more

3/12/2014 - Cross-Border Employee Benefits Human Resources Professionals Multinationals

Global HR Hot Topic—February 2014: International Outsourcing and Offshoring: An Employment Law Checklist

Belgium's Roger Blanpain, perhaps the world's preeminent professor of international employment law, once declared that "we live in an information society, driven by knowledge in action.…[Services] can be provided via the...more

2/7/2014 - Compliance Human Resources Professionals Offshoring Outsourcing

Global HR Hot Topic—January 2014: Employment Contracts Outside the United States

A Field Guide to Overseas Collective, Individual, Indefinite, Fixed-Term and Probationary Work Agreements - When a US organization sets out abroad and signs up staff overseas, the first obstacle it hits is deciding...more

1/10/2014 - Compliance Contract Formation Employer Liability Issues Employment Contract Fixed-Term Labor Contracts Full-Time Employees Human Resources Professionals International Labor Laws Temporary Employees

Global HR Hot Topic - November 2013: How to Cut (or “Restructure”) Employment Terms, Work Hours, Benefits and Pay Outside the...

Employment-at-will offers American employers broad freedom to cut their staff’s terms and conditions of employment, work hours, employee benefits—even compensation, bonuses, commissions and base pay. Indeed, American bosses...more

11/27/2013 - At-Will Employment Employee Benefits Employee Rights Employment Contract EU Layoffs Multinationals Vested Rights Doctrine

Global HR Hot Topic—November 2013: Cross-Border Telecommuting Checklist

Belgium's Roger Blanpain, perhaps the world's preeminent professor of international employment law, once said that "we live in an information society, driven by knowledge in action....[Services] can be provided via the...more

11/4/2013 - Cross-Border Telecommuting

Global HR Hot Topic - October 2013: "Floating” Employment Toolkit

When a multinational business or nonprofit decides to launch a presence in some foreign market where it has never done business before by opening a new local office, a new facility or a new factory, its path is clear: The...more

10/1/2013 - International Labor Laws

Global Equal Employment Opportunity Toolkit: How to Fight Workplace Discrimination and Harassment and Promote Workplace Diversity...

Equal employment opportunity initiatives like policies, code of conduct provisions and training modules on discrimination, harassment and diversity have long been vital to domestic American employers. Now, in the global...more

9/23/2013 - Age Discrimination At-Will Employment Cross-Border Discrimination Diversity Equal Opportunities Extraterritoriality Rules Harassment Multinationals Pay Discrimination Protected Class

Global HR Hot Topic - September 2013: Cross-Border Age Discrimination Compliance

Multinationals have to comply with discrimination laws across their worldwide operations. And multinationals certainly need to comply with their own internal equal employment opportunity (EEO) policies that they impose...more

8/30/2013 - Age Discrimination Cross-Border Discrimination EEO Forced Retirement Harassment Multinationals Recruitment Policies

Global HR Hot Topic - August 2013: Cross-Border Anti-Discrimination Initiatives

Discrimination law in the United States is more evolved than anywhere else on Earth. The leading treatise on US employment discrimination law (by Barbara Lindemann and Paul Grossman) runs to two volumes and 3,300 pages. By...more

8/2/2013 - At-Will Employment Cross-Border Discrimination Extraterritoriality Rules Multinationals Protected Class

Global HR Hot Topic - July 2013: Structuring Expatriate Postings

Multinationals inevitably post expatriates abroad. But in setting up expat postings, employers too often either ignore the question of how best to structure the expat assignment or else they struggle with the expat...more

7/2/2013 - Business Development Expatriates Foreign Affiliates Foreign Corporations Hiring & Firing Multinationals Travel Traveling Employee

How a US University Can Employ Faculty, Researchers, Administrators and Foreign Locals at an Overseas Program

A full century has passed since Yale professor Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu and University of Chicago professor James Henry Breasted led his expeditions into Egypt and the Sudan for Chicago’s Oriental Institute...more

5/28/2013 - Colleges Corporate Governance Foreign Nationals Licenses Overseas Educational Programs Professors Universities

International Dismissal Toolkit: Individual Employment Terminations and Reductions-in-Force Outside the United States

Firing an employee in the United States can be a challenge. Group firings—reductions in-force — can be an even bigger challenge. And from the point of view of a multinational headquartered in the United States, overseas...more

5/16/2013 - At-Will Employment Collective Redundancy Consultations Dismissals Employment Contract Hiring & Firing Just Cause Negotiations Pre-Termination Notice Severance Agreements Severance Pay Termination

Global HR Hot Topic - May 2013: Individual Employment Dismissal Obligations Outside the US

Challenge: Overseas, dismissing an individual employee gets complex and is heavily regulated. Dismissal mandates under foreign law tend to fall into three broad categories: dismissal procedures, pre-termination notice...more

5/2/2013 - Dismissals Hiring & Firing Pre-Termination Notice Severance Agreements Severance Pay Termination

Global HR Hot Topic - April 2013: Internal Investigations in Overseas Workplaces

Challenge: In America, internal investigations into suspicions and allegations of employee misconduct follow an increasingly well-defined approach. But exporting US investigatory best practices raises unexpected...more

4/2/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege Cross-Border Data Protection Dodd-Frank Evidence FCPA Foreign Jurisdictions Internal Investigations Interviews Litigation Hold Multinationals Sarbanes-Oxley UK Bribery Act Upjohn Warnings Whistleblowers

Global HR Hot Topic - March 2013: Cross-Border Anti-Harassment Initiatives

Challenge: A “zero tolerance” stand against illegal workplace harassment is laudable in US domestic operations. But wildly differing harassment laws and standards abroad complicate an inflexible global approach to eradicating...more

3/4/2013 - Anti-Harassment Policies Cross-Border Discrimination Multinationals Sexual Harassment

Global HR Hot Topic - February 2013: Threshold Dismissal Circumstances Overseas: Good Cause, Economic Necessity, Employee Rank and...

Challenge: Multinationals facing overseas dismissals too often skip ahead to check local laws on pre-termination notice, severance pay and dismissal procedures. But often, threshold circumstances override these...more

2/6/2013 - Employee Rank and Status Employment Contract Foreign Jurisdictions Hiring & Firing Just Cause Multinationals Overseas Dismissals Pre-Termination Notice Settlement Severance Pay Threshhold Requirements

Global HR Hot Topic - January 2013: Cross-Border Diversity Initiatives for Recruiting and Retention

Challenge: Diversity initiatives that promote recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce are increasingly important outside the US. But transplanting a US diversity initiative for overseas workers risks confusion,...more

1/5/2013 - Compliance Cross-Border Diversity EEO Hiring & Firing Recruitment Policies

Global HR Hot Topic - December 2012: Dismissing Staff Outside the United States

Firing an employee in the United States can be a challenge. Group firings - reductions-in force — can be a big challenge. And from the point of view of a multinational headquartered in the United States, overseas individual...more

12/10/2012 - International Labor Laws

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